Instant Pages makes Google Chrome now even faster

Google Chrome - Instant Pages

Not long ago the giant of search, Google, introduced a new feature called Instant Pages, but it was only available in Google Chrome beta. Now Instant Pages is ready and it is enabled by default in the latest stable version of Google Chrome.

So, you might be asking, what is Instant Pages? For you to have an idea, I am going to explain what is prerendering, which is the technology behind this new feature. In certain occasions websites are able to figure out which are the links that a user may click next, e.g., the next page link in a web article with multi-pages. If this can be predicted, it is a good idea to have the web browser start loading in the background of the next page, and then when the user clicks the link, the page is already loading; as a result web pages look like they are loading much faster.

Prerendering was designed as a web standard technology, this means that any site can implement it, but there is a challenge to make it work correctly as bad predictions can result in making pages load even slower. 

If you’re interested on testing prerendering check this site http://prerender-test.appspot.com/

The same concept is now available in Google.com — and of course it is supposed to be done correctly for the majority of the time — when you click a search result using Google Chrome, the web page will seem to load a lot faster than it was before (but not for every link in a search result, just for some).

How to enable Instant Pages in Google Chrome?

If for any reason Instant Pages is disabled in your web browser, you can easy enable this feature by going to Google Chrome’s settings, clicking the wrench , then selecting Options, clicking Under the Hood,(or copy and paste this path in your Google Chrome address bar: chrome://settings/advanced) and making sure that the option Predict network actions to improve page load performance is checked.

Google Chrome - Options - Under the Hood

How fast web pages are going to load? Check out this video:

More new additions to Google Chrome were included in this latest release, such as print preview and the ability to print to PDF; for now they are available only for Windows and Linux user, for Mac users should be on its way. Also the Omninbox combination search box and address has been improved, now it is easier and faster to revisit websites. Just typing part of the URL or tittle will return matching pages from your history. 

Source Google Chrome Blog

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.